Feb. 16, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (0-2) fell to San Diego State (2-0) 4-2 Saturday evening in the second game ever played at Fowler Park.
Playing in front of 1,923 fans, the Toreros had the tying run on second base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to produce the clutch hit.
For the second night in a row the Toreros found themselves playing from behind. USD's starter Michael Wagner allowed hits to the first four Aztec batters, which produced a RBI for Tim Zier and Brad Haynal as the Toreros found themselves down 2-0.
The Toreros scored their first run in the third without even collecting a hit. After drawing three walks from Aztec starter Philip Walby, Lucas Hagberg knocked in Louie Lechich on a fielder choice to bring the score to 2-1 Aztecs.
After a rocky first inning, Wagner, a preseason All-American, found a groove and retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced. The Aztecs finally were able to tack on one more run in the fifth when Zier drove in Greg Allen with a double to left center. Wagner (0-1) struck out eight in six innings of work, allowing three runs on eight hits.
The Toreros answered right back in the bottom of the fifth when Connor Joe singled in Kris Bryant, who had doubled to deep left center.
The Aztecs added an insurance run in the seventh after Troy Conyers allowed an unearned run on a RBI single by Ryan Muno that scored Greg Allen.
In the final frame, the Toreros put runners on second and third with no outs after a Dillon Haupt single and Louie Lechich double. After the Aztecs' Bubba Derby struck out Chris Woolley, he would get Austin Bailey to ground out to first. On the play, pinch-runner Grant Melker was caught trying to score and the night was over for the Toreros.
The Aztecs' Ethan Miller earned the win, pitching 4.2 innings of one run ball with six strikeout in relief of the starter Walby.
The Toreros will look for their first win of the season tomorrow in the series finale at 1:00 p.m. at Fowler Park.